Trump found allies for his Venezuela escalation; the U.S. got governments to join the ”coalition of the willing” to perpetrate international war crime – including two with progressive reputations: Norway and Denmark. The more loathed the U.S. president, the more important allies become. On February 29, 2004, George W. Bush was happy to be supported by the governments of Canada and France when U.S. troops kidnapped Haiti’s democratically elected president to install a dictatorship and many loyalists to the deposed government were murdered.
Trump may succeed in producing a kind of “electoral victory” similar to that which Reagan produced in 1990 in Nicaragua through a terrorism and economic strangulation. It is necessary to promote dialogue and negotiations, but if Maduro’s legitimacy is not recognized, a “negotiated solution” is not likely to lead to anything good.